On Tuesday, November 17th, Prince George’s County Council unanimously approved new legislation that will make healthier drinks the default beverage options and limit calories, sugar, salt, and fat for all kids’ meals served in Prince George’s County restaurants. Sponsored by Councilmember Sydney J. Harrison, The Prince George’s County Healthy Kids’ Meals Bill (CB-071) now awaits a signature from County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to be enacted into law.
With the passage of this legislation, Prince George’s County has established itself as a leader in health policy by becoming the first jurisdiction to approve a comprehensive healthy kids’ meal bill with standards for both a full meal and beverages. This legislation has set a precedent for advocates across the country interested in supporting the health of families and future generations, and we’re eager to see the ripple effects as jurisdictions across the nation join our county in passing similar legislation.
Over the past few months, the FEC has worked with a coalition of advocates in support of this legislation, including Sugar Free Kids Maryland, the American Heart Association, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest. In addition, we want to recognize the advocacy support from our residents and FEC members. Through your testimonies, emails, and calls, County Council has moved forward with this legislation to make healthy choices easy choices for county kids and families.
For more information on this new legislation, check out the recent Civil Eats article, Voices for Healthy Kids blog post, and follow the story online by using the hashtag #HealthyKidsPGC.